When Stow Councilwoman Mary Bednar was disqualified last month from appearing on the ballot for re-election, she decided to run as a write-in.
Bednar took a similar approach in 2009, when she was denied ballot access because of a problem with her petitions.
Her plan won’t work this year, however, with the Summit County Board of Elections turning down her write-in bid Tuesday.
“She’s not on the ballot,” said Joseph Masich, director of the elections board.
A state law that became effective in July 2010 says elections boards “shall not accept for filing a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate of a person seeking to become a candidate if that person, for the same election, has already filed a declaration of candidacy, a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate, or a nominating petition.”
Bednar filed a nominating petition earlier this year to run for her seat. She was disqualified when two checks she wrote to the board for filing fees didn’t clear because the account had been closed.
Bob Adaska, who is running in Ward 4, had filed a challenge with the board, arguing Bednar hadn’t met the requirements for filing and paying the required fees, though she belatedly provided the money to the board when the account issue was discovered.
Adaska now will run unopposed in the Nov. 5 election.
In 2009, Bednar ran as a write-in after being disqualified for insufficient signatures on her petitions. She lost then but won the seat back in 2011.
Bednar could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
The elections board on Tuesday also denied ballot access to a second write-in candidate who previously had been disqualified from running for the seat he was seeking. John Charles Bradford hoped to run for Peninsula council.
Four candidates were certified by the board to run for four seats on Peninsula council: Carol Kramer, Michael Matusz, Daniel Schneider and Pamela Schneider.
Daniel Schneider, a current councilman, is a write-in candidate.
Joe Mazur withdrew as a Peninsula council candidate.